Obama Says No to Legalization of Illicit Drugs

President Obama this weekend said “legalization is not the answer” to stemming the tide of illegal drugs. He spoke Saturday at a summit meeting of Western Hemisphere nations in Cartagena, Colombia.

Colombia’s leader, Juan Manuel Santos, asked whether there was a middle ground between all drug consumers going to jail, and legalization, The New York Times reports.

“I think it is entirely legitimate to have a conversation about whether the laws in place are ones that are doing more harm than good in certain places,” President Obama responded. He added, “I personally, and my administration’s position, is that legalization is not the answer.”

He stated that if drug operations were allowed to function legally, they could dominate certain countries, which “could be just as corrupting if not more corrupting then the status quo.”

Mr. Santos said that despite tremendous effort and costs, the illicit drug business is prospering.

The United States has devoted tens of billions of dollars to reducing the demand for drugs in this country, Mr. Obama said.

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    April 28, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Thank you for your feedback David, however, I don’t think that you understand the true nature of social and public policy like Prohibition. I remember that England was a little more compassionate with legalization of heroin, compared to USA. However, I would like to make a few points that I believe will refute the illogical approach to Prohibition in my country. I do not have the numbers in front of me, but I recently read that about 25% of American teens have driven while under the influence of a chemical. Prohibition has never stopped anyone from indulging fro mood altering substances, if that is what they choose. Yet, I believe in the possibility of recovering and managing of acute asthma, hypertension, diabetes, and addiction, so that are very manageable. I have not yet learned how to alter a young person’s life because they were found to be in possession of a substance that was legal 100 years ago. That doen’t even make sense. Why would we have our Criminal Justice system treat a chronic disorder? If you or your child or a loved one was in an insulin coma, would you expect a cop or probation officer or even a judge to help? I don’t think so. But we wonder why more people suffering from addiction don’t come forward and ask for help. They can’t; by the very nature of their illness, they are criminals. You can call it any thing you want. What is really pathetic is a nation that is so broke, it has to furlough Air Traffic Controllers, but we keep paying to keep not violent offenders in prison to the tune of 50k per person, add that to the revenue we are losing to the “cartels”, because the substnaces are in demand. By the way, don’t you think that there is a problem when the two most dangerous, and most responsible for death are legal in our country. Yes, Tobacco and Alcohol are legal; Uncle Sam has no problem taking huge amounts of tax revenue from those pructs, at least, one hopes that a bottle of wine or pack of Camels is really what it says it is. Can you say that about the products that come via the cartels, and are distributed by companies that have exb=cellent quality control standards in place. I am sorry for the sarcasm; I just think the solution is so obvious, this is not new. Study the history of mankind.

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